State of the Art Research Facility assists ‘Green’ industry

Wednesday, 04th July 2012

A £1M industrial facility, operated by the BioComposites Centre (Bangor University) on the Llangefni Industrial Estate at Mona, has been helping local companies test new eco-friendly alternatives to existing products. 

New equipment at the facility, purchased as part of a £20M BEACON project has enabled Bangor University’s BioProducts and BioRefining Technology Transfer Centre, at Mona to work with industry to produce new composite materials for the construction and packaging sectors. The centre also enables companies to work with Bangor University to scale up the extraction of high value chemicals from plants, using procedures developed at small scale in a conventional laboratory environment. These chemicals have a range of applications in the cosmetics, medical and nutraceuticals sectors

The Technology Transfer Centre is part of the pan-Wales BEACON project, a partnership between Bangor, Aberystwyth and Swansea Universities,  which assists local Welsh companies to finding new uses for plants and plant co-products. 

The Centre provides a valuable resource for industry. Companies working in a range of industries can have access to the latest research and development equipment. They can test and develop new products and processes without having to shut down their own manufacturing plants.

Dr Adam Charlton of the Biocomposites Centre said “This facility is really working, we already have successful collaborative projects on the go with local companies and more are coming on board every week.

At a special viewing event at the plant, Professor John Hughes, Vice-Chancellor of Bangor University said: “We are so pleased to be able to work with our BEACON partners and with industry to harness the expertise within the University for the benefit of the green economy in Wales and beyond.”

Mr Ieuan Wyn-Jones, Assembly Member for Ynys Môn said: “I'm fully supportive of this project at Mona which provides much-needed research facilities for our manufacturing sector. Manufacturing will play a key role as the economy grows out of recession and the work done by BEACON and Bangor University in establishing this Centre which will provide opportunities for sustainable products to be available locally and ensure a welcome boost for the economy here in Anglesey and throughout the north of Wales.

Albert Owen, MP for Ynys Mon said: “I was delighted to attend the launch event for the Biorefining and Bio-Products Technology Transfer Centre at Mona yesterday.  Anglesey’s links with Bangor University and projects like BEACON are enabling the Island to pioneer the Green Economy of Wales and helping to train the young people of North Wales to create a legacy for a greener and more sustainable future.”